Stacked Upper Room Can Be Seed Cemetery

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The field for the Toronto Masters is as strong as it could be, while the tie made the first quarter a dangerous spot for seed players.

In Toronto, the top eight seeds will bid farewell to the second round.

The ranking is pretty much in line with the current rankings, with world number 1 Iga Swiatek leading the field as the best seed.

Swiatek will face Veronika Kudermentova or the American Shelby Rogers.

If the French Open champion gets past that first hurdle, she could face hope at home and 13th seed Leylah Fernandez in the round of 16.

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Leila Fernandez

Fernandez has received the go-ahead to begin his WTA Tour return at home.

The Canadian teenager will kick off her tournament with a first-round matchup against a qualifier.

Fernandez can expect a tough match in the second round regardless of whether Martina Trevisan or Beatriz Haddad Maia progresses in the bracket above.

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The lower half of the upper quarter can be just as dangerous for seeds.

Eighth seed Garbine Muguruza will face either Naomi Osaka or Kaia Kanepi in their opening match.

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Belinda Bencic

If that section is seeded, Belinda Bencic will need to fight former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka and then either a qualifier or 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.

The second quarter could give us a highly successful round of 16 clash between Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur.

Sakkari is guaranteed to find a Grand Slam winner in its opening match, with Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin fighting for the right to face the world number 3 in the round of 16.

Jabeur will want to avoid complacency against lower-ranked opponents, with home hopeful Rebecca Marino taking on China’s Qinwen Zheng to determine the world No 5 second round opponent.

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Ons Jabeur

In the last 16, Sakkari would face Amanda Anisimova, Carol Zhao, Barbora Krejcikova or 14th seed Karolina Pliskova.

Teaming up to face Jabeur in the third round are the quartet of Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and French duo Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia.

US No. 1 Jessica Pegula is on a collision course for the Round of 16 with Britain’s Emma Raducanu.

Raducanu has the hardest path to this potential match facing Camila Giorgi in the first round with a match against Anna Bondar or Elis Mertens, both top 50 players.

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Emma Raducanu

Pegula, Raducanu or whoever makes it through his section will face Paula Badosa in the quarterfinals if the Spaniard gets back-to-back wins.

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Badosa’s first opponent will be Katherin Sebov, from Canada, or Yulia Putinseva, from Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, 16th seed Jelena Ostapenko could struggle to reach the round of 16 as she opens her tournament against Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina and alongside two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who faces Allison Riske in her opener.

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Jelena Ostapenko

Anett Kontaveit is the second seed, and her farewell will allow her to participate in the opening round match between Jill Teichmann and Venus Williams, which will determine who she will face first.

The resurgent Simona Halep could block Kontaveit’s path to a potential quarter-final against Aryna Sabalenka or Coco Gauff.

Sabalenka and Gauff are on a path that would lead them to meet in the round of 16.

However, if Gauff wins a qualifier in the first round, she could face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in only her second match in Toronto.

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